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On Becoming Trendy

Photo: Juliana Jimenez Jaramillo for Slate Justin Peters wasn’t trendy, but since he’s a journalist (he’s an editor at the Columbia Journalism Review) and he lives in Brooklyn, it’s just a matter of time [...]

The Late Movies: Halloween

It’s Halloween, in case you hadn’t noticed. Let’s look at my favorite Halloween-ish videos! Tim Burton – “Vincent” From 1982, narrated by Vincent Price. An amazing tribute to Edgar Allan Poe. It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown – Trick or Treat I was always the kid who got the rock. Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – “I Put a Spell [...]

Harry Clarke’s Illustrations for Poe Tales

See 24 scans of the images from the book Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe. The collection was first published in 1908, but the 1919 edition included illustrations by Harry Clarke, which made the stories much more gruesome. Link to story. Link to full-size scans. -via the Presurfer

The You-Wouldn’t-Even-Believe-How-Close-to-Being-Named-They-Are Afternoon Links

All right, this whole Afternoon-Links-naming rigamarole has run its course. I promise we’ll settle on something this weekend. In the meantime, let me know how you think the first few days have gone. * Profiling Starts with the Pants As this humorous piece illustrates, all the hysteria that swirls around the airport screening process could really be put [...]

11 Peculiar Meetings Between Famous People

You’d expect famous people to know other famous people. But maybe not these famous people. 1. Nikita Khrushchev & Marilyn Monroe PA Photos /Landov In September 1959, during Khrushchev’s American tour, he visited 20th Century Fox Studios. At a lunch banquet with hundreds of stars (including Frank Sinatra, Edward G. Robinson, and Gary Cooper), he was [...]

Once Upon a Midnight Dreary, the Poe Toaster Failed to Show

© Lee Snider/Photo Images/Corbis For more than sixty years, a character right out of one of Edgar Allan Poe’s gothic tales left gifts at the author’s gravestone to honor his birthday on January 19. Sadly, today marks the third year in a row the famed Poe Toaster has failed to show. Now that the tradition is likely [...]

Attack of the Killer B-Movies!

During the Golden Age of Hollywood, big-budget movies were classy affairs, full of artful scripts and classically trained actors. And boy, were they dull. Then came Roger Corman, the King of the B-Movies. With Corman behind the camera, motorcycle gangs and mutant sea creatures filled the silver screen. And just like that, movies became a [...]

Evil Twins from ’60s Television

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website. The “evil twin” is a very old plot device in many forms of entertainment. Edgar Allan Poe used the device in the short story William Wilson. The story (almost a perfect pattern to the much later “evil twins” [...]

History, Celebrity, and Literary Dolls

Debbie Ritter at Uneek Doll Designs captures real people in doll form in a way in which anyone would recognize them. Each is hand-painted one at a time, and the selection is incredible! Where else could you get a doll that looks like Percy Shelley or Willie Nelson or Teddy Roosevelt? Pictured here are Thomas [...]

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Sally Ride

© Kimberly White/Reuters/Corbis You know Sally Ride as the first American woman to travel into space. Today let’s take a look at five things you might now know about the astronaut. 1. She Proved There Is Such a Thing as a Stupid Question When Ride made her first space flight in 1983, she was both the first American [...]